ARRI ALEXA Mini LF

ARRI ALEXA Mini LF is shipping now. It is thoughtfully designed and meticulously built. Usually the measure of a camera’s goodness is to count how many petty peeves you wrote down to send to the engineers. The fewer the better. This time, the page was blank. It’s my favorite ARRI camera since the Arriflex 235. read more…

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IBC 2019 Slideshow

Highlights of IBC 2019 from FDTimes: slideshow. read more…

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MINI MIX from DMG Lumière by ROSCO

The MINI MIX from DMG Lumière by ROSCO blends six LEDs to create almost any color you can conjure up or you can accurately match Rosco gels. read more…

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Wooden Camera LPL Mounts for RED and Sony

Wooden Camera has LPL Mounts for RED DSMC2, Sony VENICE and Sony E-mount Alpha mirrorless cameras (a9, α7 series). LPL is the new lens mount introduced by ARRI in February 2018. It is standard on ALEXA LF and now ALEXA Mini LF. LPL has a 44 mm Flange Focal Depth and 62 mm Inside Diameter. ARRI Signature Primes only come with LPL mounts. By the way, all PL mount lenses fit by using a PL to LPL adapter. read more…

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Before the Fall

I’m now in lovely Freyung Hospital with a bunch of broken ribs after a close encounter with a metal post while mountain biking with Klaus Eckerl on Sunday. Photos of the carnage and recovery are on Instagram @fdtimes.

Freyung is about 2 hours east of Munich. IB/E Optics headquarters are in two large, modern buildings on -the main road leading into town. IB/E is also conveniently located right next door to the hospital. So, should you choose to visit, Klaus and team can demonstrate their impressive line of products in their offices or in the privacy of a hospital room :) read more…

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FDTimes Sep 2019 IBC Edition

Film and Digital Times September 2019 Edition will be distributed at IBC on Friday, Sep 13 beginning 12 noon Amsterdam time. That’s when the last embargo lifts. Paper copies will be available all over Hall 12 and elsewhere at IBC. It will also go online here at that time.

Also, visit FDTimes at IBC Booth 12.F30 (Aaton-Transvideo).

The worldwide edition printing in Los Angeles will ship on September 13 as well.

Watch the top left column of this page to download the PDF on September 13 at 12 noon Amsterdam time. read more…

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Servicevision Scorpiorama 70 Full-Frame 1.65x Squeeze Front Anamorphic

At IBC 2019, Servicevision will present new 1.65x FFA Full-Frame Front Anamorphic lenses. They have characteristic flares, streaks and the smoothness that you get from front anamorphic cylinders. The 1.65x squeeze ratio fills a 1.5:1 (3:2) Full-Frame sensor like ALEXA or VENICE and desqueezes it very nicely to 2.39:1 without wasting left and right side pixels in post. The Servicevision 1.65x FFA lenses are small and lightweight and have front anamorphic elements.  These lenses premiere at IBC in Servicevision’s booth 12.C43. read more…

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William Rexer’s Equipment List on “The Hunt”

William Rexer is shooting The Hunt, a TV series in New York for Amazon Studios. This article first appeared in June 2019 FDTimes, but now it’s updated with his comprehensive equipment list. REXER: “We’re shooting in Full Frame with three RED MONSTRO 8K VV cameras. I was attracted to the Sigma FF High Speed lenses and then I was blown away by them. We have three sets. I’m a big fan of Full Frame.  Amazon wants 4K deliverables. Al Pacino is the lead actor. It was very easy for me to explain that if we were shooting a medium close up and it was a perfect performance, you could easily pull a tighter shot out of it in the MONSTRO’s Full Frame 8K resolution. You have that flexibility. read more…

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Panasonic S1H Full-Frame 6K

Panasonic’s Matt Frazer describes the S1H as “a camera that speaks three languages: still, video and filmmaking.” Let’s begin with its compelling capabilities for filmmaking since the S1H has also been called a DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) with “A” camera image quality. The S1H offers 6K Full-Frame 4:2:0 10-bit, 4K Full Frame 4:2:2 10-bit, and 4K Super35 4:2:0 10-bit internal video recording (among many other choices.)  An HDMI Type A connector outputs 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p/50p and other things that we’ll get to in another story. read more…

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Film and Digital Times Chinese Edition – FDTC

In time for BIRTV, the Film and Digital Times Chinese language PDF August 2019 Edition is now ready. Go to the FDTC (Film and Digital Times Chinese Language) landing page and download the latest issue.

Pick up a free paper copy  in the booths of many companies who were kind enough to do the translations. (Thank you!) And follow the FDTimes Chinese Edition on WeChat. read more…

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NEW K35 Primes by Servicevision.

Those Full Frame Fanatics from Barcelona are at it again. The same Servicevision team who designed and built the FFA Scorpiolens Anamorphic 2x primes have developed a completely new series of lenses with matching characteristics, flares and bokeh to augment the original, venerable, vintage Canon K35 sets. These new lenses are called NEW K35 by Servicevision. The set includes a 15mm T1.5… read more…

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FDTimes August 2019 Edition #96

Film and Digital Times August 2019 Edition #96 is now online for subscribers. Print copies are going out the week of August 12. Read all about the Angénieux introduction of Optimo Prime Lenses at the Cannes Film Festival. SIGMA Full Frame Classic Art Primes and fp Full Frame camera. “The Innocents of Florence” by David Battistella, shot with RED and… read more…

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Bright Tangerine Drumstix

Drum roll please. Bright Tangerine’s new Drumstix Sterling Titanium Support Rods are incredibly lightweight and very solid—¼ of the weight of stainless steel lens rods. read more…

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July 20, 1969 – One Giant Leap for Mankind

Fifty years ago today, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin landed on the moon. They had lifted off in the Apollo 11 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16, 1969 and splashdown back on Earth was on July 24, 1969. Armstrong had a Hasselblad (HDC Data Camera) Medium Format Camera with a ZEISS Biogon 60mm f/5.6 lens fitted to his chest harness to shoot stills of the lunar excursion. An Angenieux 6×25 16mm format zoom lens in the Command Module shot live color images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on their trip to and from the moon. A 16mm Maurer camera with Angénieux 75mm f/2.5 prime lens was also shooting film of the Lunar Module’s separation and docking maneuvers from the porthole read more…

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Vocas LPL and PL Mounts

The Vocas camera accessory line will be shown at NAB 2019 in the booths of several leading brands such as Angenieux, Atomos, Panasonic, Spirit Labs, etc. read more…

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Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Prime Lens

Mark Forman tests the new  Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM. “It really delivers. This prime at f/1.8 brings more low light opportunities. When shooting landscapes at magic hour or at night, the lens is sharp edge to edge at f/1.8 and even sharper when stopped down to f/8.” read more…

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Sony α7R IV – 61 Megapixels

Sony launched their new full-frame mirrorless a7R IV (model ILCE-7RM4) today. With a new 61 megapixel sensor, this is Sony’s highest resolution full-frame camera. It has a totally new sensor—the first major update for Alpha still cameras since 2015. The full-frame sensor measures 35.7×23.8mm. We estimate the pixel pitch around 3.6 microns. Maximum resolution for stills is 9504 x 6336. Gone may… read more…

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SIGMA Classic Primes

At the SIGMA launch in Tokyo, CEO Kazuto Yamaki kept pulling rabbits out of the hat. Actually, no rabbits and no hat — just gasps of astonishment when a SIGMA Classic Prime appeared in his hand on stage. Uncoated inside, mildly coated on the outside front and rear element surfaces, these are flarey, classic, vintage primes that will make Samuel… read more…

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SIGMA FP 4K Full Frame 12-bit RAW Camera

Fortissimo Pianissimo. fp. The New SIGMA FP camera was introduced in Tokyo on Thursday evening. SIGMA CEO Kazurto Yamaki calls it a “deconstructed digital imaging device.” It seamlessly bridges the gaps from still photography to video, from smart phone to Directors Finder. Astonishingly, it shoots Full Frane 4K 12-bit RAW internally. It has an L mount (20m FFD) and is… read more…

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SIGMA L Mount & E-Mount Lens Launch

Today in Tokyo, SIGMA introduces the first 3 models in a new series of full-frame lenses for mirrorless cameras. The SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art is a large-diameter, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for L-Mount and Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. It is astonishingly compact – almost impossibly small. The SIGMA 35mm F1.2 DG DN | Art is described by SIGMA as “The world’s first autofocus 35mm F1.2 L-Mount and Sony E-mount lens for full-frame mirrorless systems. F1.2 maximum aperture.” The SIGMA 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary is an all-purpose lens that is intended to travel with the camera at all times, ready for rapid street photography and any other shot you might want to grab at a moment’s notice. read more…

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